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Faculty Senate Agenda

Number 6

Regular Meeting of the Faculty Senate on Thursday, March 26, 2009 in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building

1. Call to order at 3:00pm

2. Disposition of Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #5, February 19, 2009 (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FS_05m_2-19-09.htm

3. Reports of Officers and Executive Committee

A. Annoucements

B. Activities of the Executive Committee (Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #17, #18, and #19) - Senator Ordonez

C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee -- Senator Ordonez

  1. That the Faculty Senate adopt the following Resolution regarding H5167:
    BE IT RESOLVED: That the Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island supports H5353 as proposed by Representative Diaz in the current legislative session.
    (See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/H5353.pdf)

  2. That the Faculty Senate approves the following recommendation regarding the proposed North Woods site for the Research Park:

    In consideration of faculty concerns raised during the Provost's Academic Summit (especially session 8) and in consideration of the substantial negative impacts that site selection for the research park could impose on existing academic coursework, research and scholarship affecting over 1200 students annually, the FSEC requests that a panel of not fewer than five faculty, along with student representatives, be immediately appointed to collaborate with the University Administration in order to evaluate a location for the research park that sustains and preserves the irreplaceable Natural Outdoor Laboratory, including the Century Forest at URI, as an actively used resource for research and teaching. We ask that the specific site-definition or site-selection process be postponed until this panel can be appointed. The FSEC can expeditiously appoint faculty members to this duty.

    Furthermore, the FSEC requests that a similarly constituted panel of faculty collaborate with the Provost, the Vice President for Administration and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development to develop priorities for the character of the research park and facilities to be established, giving due diligence to complementing the University's strengths and opportunities for academic programs, including consideration of the University's ability to maintain research and scholarship with high, but potentially non-commercial, value for the public good.

    Because we are aware that this is a time-sensitive issue, in part because of the stimulus finding, the FSEC pledges to work expeditiously with the administration to be sure that all constituencies are served: students, faculty, staff, administrators, and any potential stakeholders from the state or the immediate community.
    (See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/North%20Woods.pdf)

Report on the Presidential Search -- Vice Chairperson Costello

4. Report of the President - President Carothers

A. Status of Actions Forwarded to the President:

#08-09--9 - The Four Hundred Sixty-Sixth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. Approved by President Carothers on February 25, 2009.

#08-09--10 - The Four Hundred Sixty-Seventh Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. Approved by President Carothers on February 25, 2009.

#08-09--11 - Curricular Report No. 2008-09-5 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate. Approved by President Carothers on February 25, 2009.

#08-09--12 - Curricular Report No. 2008-09-6 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate. Approved by President Carothers on February 25, 2009.

#08-09--13 - Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2008-09-1: Add Period. Approved by President Carothers on February 25, 2009.

#08-09--14 - Recommendation of the Athletics Advisory Board on Membership. Approved by President Carothers on February 25, 2009.

B. Announcements

5. Reports of Standing and Special Committees

A. The Four Hundred Sixty-Eighth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/468_CAC.pdf) - Professor Mundorf

B. The Four Hundred Sixty-Ninth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/469_CAC_BSPS.pdf) 469 BSPS Appendix I Budget.xls, 469 BSPS Appendices II-V.pdf - Professor Mundorf

C. Curricular Report No. 2008-2009-7 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_08-09-7.pdf) - Dean Killingbeck

D. University College and General Education Committee Report #2008-09-3 (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_08-09-3.pdf - Senator Hicks

E. Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2008-09-2 (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AS&C_08-09-2.pdf) - Senator DiCioccio

F. Annual Report of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/TEC_Report_08-09.pdf - Professor Kinnie

G. Annual Report of the Athletics Advisory Board to the Faculty Senate (oral) - Professor Luebke

6. Unfinished Business

7. New Business